Are We There Yet?
This summer I spent six weeks in Bahrain doing a project for women empowerment. However, upon telling Bahrainis what I was doing in Bahrain, some reacted quite offended “but Bahraini women are already empowered”. This sentence was almost exclusively followed by “they do not need to be more empowered”. I spent a month and a half in Bahrain researching women’s rights and women empowerment, and I have to concede with the first statement that Bahraini women indeed are empowered in some ways. But the second statement seemed to remain stuck in my mind; just because women are empowered in some aspect, does that mean that they do not need to keep fighting for more empowerment?
Meet the author of these articles,
Tessa Koi. (Bio coming soon!)
Last Saturday I went to the birthday of a friend of mine who had just turned twenty-one. In the Netherlands in some circles it is very common to celebrate your 21st birthday by hosting a large dinner at your parents’ house and inviting twenty-one of your closest friends to eat dinner with you.
I grew up privileged, I know I did. My name is Tessa and I am a 21-year-old student from the Netherlands. If I look back at my life, I can see that who I am and where I come from did not ever prevent me from having access to opportunities. I am the stereotype of someone who has it easy; someone who is white, straight, cis, and middle class. The only thing I do not have going for me is the fact that I am a woman. Do not get me wrong; I absolutely love being a woman and I am very proud to be one. However, I think we can all agree that being a woman is not easy. Even though we work very hard towards gender equality, men and women still are not equal in a number of aspects. Sometimes I wonder how we even got here. Is it not strange to think that people are treated differently based on what they have between their legs? I certainly thought so when I was a child.